This would be a beautiful hotel with a little TLC. The room was large, with a balcony overlooking the pool and shady gardens. The beds were very comfortable with soft, thick mattresses. The linens were worn; pillows were cheap and flat. The towels were plentiful, but rough, stained, and well-worn. The towel rack fell off the wall the first time I went to dry my hands. I was there 4 days and no one fixed it. The shower looked clean and recently tiled. There were toys under the bed and balloons behind the tv cabinet, left by a previous occupant. The carpet was filthy, making our socks & feet black. There was a mini fridge on the floor, but we had to get on our hands and knees and crawl under a table to get to it. No microwave. No continental breakfast or room service. The only food within 5 miles is a golf course grill, open on weekends. Ironing board but no iron. The room was non-smoking but the balcony is shared, with a partial divider, and the neighbors smoked 24/7 so we couldn't open our door. No AC, just a portable floor unit that put out warm air. The pool and 4 warming spas were clean and very nice. The grounds have gardens and mature trees, but they show a lack of care. There were cigarette butts and beer bottles in the shrubs. Fountains & ponds are broken. Parking lot is small, if you come in late you park out on the street and climb the hill. The parking lot was covered in litter and trash, the trash bin overflowing with piles of trash bags filling parking spaces.
We took a family trip to Legoland and Sea World the other weekend and this resort was a great option for us. Very family-friendly with lots of great activities for everyone. I almost wish we'd had another day just to enjoy what the resort had to offer but we did at least get to go to one of the pools which was awesome. It had a water slide that we all enjoyed (kids and adults alike)!
Escondido's agricultural roots thrive in the city's wineries. East of town, important research takes place amid the safari setting at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. There, researchers work to save endangered animals, such as giant pandas, cheetahs, and rhinos. Casinos line the road that leads to the Palomar Observatory. Open to the public, its centerpiece is the 200-inch Hale telescope.